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Graduating students: Make plans to attend commencement

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Students check the audience for a glimpse of their families and friends during last year's College of Law commencement ceremony. (DePaul University/Jeff Carrion)
DePaul students who are eligible to participate in commencement can now order a cap and gown to indicate plans to attend their college's ceremony.

Instructions for reserving a free cap and gown, as well as details of the ceremonies, are on DePaul's Commencement website. This site serves as the main information hub for the ceremonies and will be updated with the latest details for graduates and their guests as the dates approach.  

The ceremonies in June will take place at Wintrust Arena, a new venue for DePaul's commencement that offers proximity to downtown Chicago and connection to the university as the home of Blue Demons men's basketball. Graduates attending one of these ceremonies have until April 6 to order a cap and gown. The commencement in May for the College of Law will be held at the Grand Ballroom at McCormick Place. March 12 is the deadline for Law graduates to order a cap and gown.

Most of the June ceremonies at Wintrust Arena will require tickets for guests to attend. Graduates in designated ceremonies will be given a set number of general admission tickets for their guests. The quantity will vary by school or college, depending on the number of graduates expected to attend. Tickets will be distributed at the Commencement Kick Off Event in the week before the June ceremonies.

Please refer to the DePaul Commencement website for details about ticketing, key dates, deadlines, cap and gown reservations, accommodations for graduates or guests with disabilities and answers to many questions. The website also details instructions for becoming a student speaker.

Another important note: Please keep in mind that Wintrust Arena has a strict policy that limits the size of purses and bags brought into the venue. Graduates and their guests are encouraged to review the policy in advance of the ceremonies.

Anyone attending commencement, including graduates, their guests, faculty and staff, will be turned away if he or she is carrying items such as a purse, camera bag, briefcase, diaper bag or backpack. You may bring clear plastic, vinyl or PVC bags that do not exceed 12″ x 6″ x 12″ or a one-gallon clear plastic freezer bag to hold belongings.

More guidance can be found on the DePaul Commencement website.